Mrs. McKenna



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Mrs. McKenna

My name is Amanda McKenna and this is my 17th year in education.  This will be my fourth year at Johnston County’s Early College Academy and I am truly excited to be apart of the PRIDE. At the Early College Academy, students are given opportunities to experience Problem Based Learning (PBL). PBL is a learning style where students learn through hands on activities, inquisitive thinking, and application-based projects. 

Science has always been the subject I truly loved to explore and understand in and out of the classroom. I received a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Studies and a Master’s of Arts in Teaching Science from East Carolina University (GO PIRATES). First semester, I will be teaching Earth/Environmental Science. Earth/Environmental Science is the study of the physical constitution of the Earth and it's atmosphere. This course will also be an inquiry based science class in which, students will study Earth’s role as a body in space, processes and human influences that affect the Lithosphere, the Hydrosphere, climate, and human interactions with Earth’s geological and environmental systems. I will also be teaching Biology. Biology is the study of life or living matter in all its forms and phenomena, especially with reference to origin, growth, reproduction, structure, and behavior. This course is an inquiry based science class in which, students will study biochemistry, cells, genetics, evolution and classification, ecology, and the diversity of life.  I am looking forward to a great semester at ECA!



    Block 1:  11:00-12:20  Earth and Environmental Science
    Block 2:  12:30-1:50    Planning
    Block 3:   2:00-3:20     Biology
    Block 4:  3:30-4:50      Earth and Environmental Science

JCPS Announcements

  • Innovative Programs Virtual Family Information Nights Scheduled

    Johnston County Public Schools invites students and their families to learn more about our interesting options for our middle and high school students during our Virtual Information Nights on January 28 and February 4, 2021. Participants will be able to visit the virtual spaces for each program and talk with program coordinators and students from 6:00-8:00 pm.

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  • JCPS transitions to Plan B for all students

    The Johnston County Board of Education voted to return all Pre-K and EC-Self Contained students to Plan B, four days per week, beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 19. These students will participate in face-to-face instruction on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, with Wednesday serving as a remote learning day. All other students in grades K-12 will remain on Plan C until Monday, Feb. 1.

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  • High School State Assessments FAQ

    This FAQ document was created to provide responses to common or anticipated questions related to high school state assessments for first semester testing 2020-2021.

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  • Innovative Middle School and Program Information

    Fifth grade Students and Parents, are you looking for an innovative middle school or an innovative middle school program? Innovation Academy at South Campus and AVID could offer what you are looking for.

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  • High School State Assessments Update

    On December 8th 2020, the Johnston County School Board of Education voted to return to Plan C (Remote Learning), we would like to provide an update to parents and guardians of options to complete state-mandated End-of-Course (EOC) and Career/Technical Education Post Assessment testing.

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